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'Kids for Cash' being turned into reality show

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 7, 2014 1:32 PM
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(Wilkes-Barre) -- One of the worst judicial scandals in U.S. history has already spawned a documentary. Up next: a reality show.

``Kids for Cash: The Reality'' stars two brothers sent to juvenile detention by a corrupt judge in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Director Lorena Beniquez says the show follows her 20-something half-brothers, Nikita and Dana Shumway, as they get on with their lives in Wilkes-Barre.

The brothers were among thousands of kids sent to detention by former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella, whom prosecutors say took kickbacks from the owner and builder of a pair of youth detention centers. He and another judge are serving lengthy prison terms.

The show went into production last year.

A well-received film documentary on the scandal, called ``Kids for Cash,'' opens in theaters today.

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